A Sweet Treat For Selkirk Campers

PULASKI, NY – An AmeriCorps member at Selkirk Shores State Park, Kailyn Jennings, recently put on a program involving maple syrup for the campers.

Maple syrup for the campers at Selkirk
Maple syrup for the campers at Selkirk

“I compared Selkirk’s homemade maple syrup to store-bought pancake syrup. Selkirk’s pure maple syrup had one ingredient and no added sugar compared to artificial sweeteners and nine ingredients (often unknown unless looked up) in store-bought pancake syrup,” she said. “We had fun facts and nutrition information. My dad, Jack Jennings, the cross-country coach (Pulaski), cooked pancakes to give back to the park since the staff maintains the cross-country trails for free.”

The event was held in the park’s rec hall with assistance from rec hall director Cassie Story.

There were a lot of compliments on the pancakes and the Selkirk Shores maple syrup.

There were 45 people in attendance.

“We went through four and a half boxes of pancake mix. People loved Selkirk’s syrup and didn’t know they tapped trees there,” Kailyn  said. “The kids enjoyed the fun facts (example: maple sap looks almost identical to water.) People liked learning that Selkirk’s syrup had one ingredient, and that it is all natural. We held it at the open shelter and opened it to all campers on Sunday morning before checkout.”


AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides Americans of all ages and backgrounds with a living allowance and education award in exchange for a term of service.

More than 70,000 Americans each year are engaged in intensive service through AmeriCorps to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation.

AmeriCorps members serve through non profit groups, public agencies and faith based organizations to meet critical needs in education, the environment, disaster relief and other human needs. More than 540,000 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members since the program began in 1993.

To apply to serve, contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau – http://oswegocounty.com/youth/application.pdf

For more information, contact Kathy Andolina, AmeriCorps coordinator, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, NY 13126 (Phone: (315) 349-3451).